BEIJING, Sept. 19 -- With Confucius
Institutes flourishing around the world and interest in learning Chinese heating
up around the globe, Chinese-teaching jobs are as hot as interest in China
|Confucius Institute in Seoul, ROK. (File
It's said 4 million Chinese teachers are needed by
2010 worldwide, the Office of Chinese Language Council International (OCLCI)
Currently, 30 million foreigners are learning Chinese
around the world. Estimates by OCLCI suggest this number will reach 100 million
by 2010. The number of Chinese teaching jobs available will swell by then.
China is intensifying training more Chinese teachers
for foreign students. Over 300 postgraduates of teaching Chinese to foreigners
recruited by Peking University, Beijing Normal University and nine other
universities in Beijing have started their new semester. They are expected to
become excellent Chinese teachers who can teach on their own after four years'
Teaching foreigners Chinese as a profession has a
very promising future. Besides mastering extensive English and possessing
excellent Mandarin, they also have to be familiar with Chinese linguistic
culture and teaching methods for Chinese as a second language.